C.B.H. ARC Review: “Dead Girls Can’t Lie” By Carys Jones

C.B.H. ARC Review: “Dead Girls Can’t Lie” By Carys Jones

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Available: Amazon/B&N/Goodreads
Publisher: Aria
Release Date: August 15th, 2017

 

**Disclaimer – I received this book via NetGalley and Aria in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review whatsoever.

 

 

If you awoke from sleep to discover your best friend committed suicide, what would you do? What if the circumstances surrounding the suicide left more questions than answers to you? What if the events leading to the suicide made no sense whatsoever…..maybe even set off alarms in your head that it may not be a suicide after all….but a murder?

North Stone loses her best friend Kelly in what the local authorities rule out to be a suicide. Deep in her gut, North believes this is all wrong. She’s known Kelly her whole life and the events surrounding her death were the direct opposite to how Kelly would act. North begins to go down a rabbit hole filled with self discovery, a mysterious pregnancy, and answers she may not like.

My Review

North is one of those characters you truly sympathize with on some levels. She lost her parents at an early age where normal kids were discovering who they were. Instead, she never truly grasps who she is which is where Kelly comes in. Kelly is a stubborn, attention-grabbing girl who seems to always get her way with anything and anyone. Fast forward to when they are adults and Kelly all of a sudden commits suicide.

Because North practically spent her time attached to the hip with Kelly except for the last three months of her life, North immediately becomes suspicious. Now as much as I can understand her reaction, her and Kelly’s relationship almost feels kind of toxic in some ways. North does not know how to survive without Kelly making decisions for her and whisking her off from what adventure to another. A few land them in trouble where North takes the fall for Kelly’s actions.

We are given flashbacks to various occasions when the girls were growing up where we get the feeling of the girl’s personalities through their lives. We see Kelly is this “free-spirit” who wanted to make sure everyone knew her while North hung back as Kelly’s shadow most of the time. After Kelly’s death, we see North struggle with finding her footing as a person and even taking on Kelly’s personality at times in order to engage with people around her during her investigation into Kelly’s death.

In the end, this book needed a bit of work. Was it engaging? Yes. However, it was predictable. There were tropes in this novel that have been used repeatedly in mystery/thrillers both in print, films, and television shows I’ve seen over the years.

The unhealthy relationship between North and Kelly was a turn off as well. How can you continue to be friends with someone who causes you to lose your own identity and prevent your growth due to your dependence upon them? I get it if you are best friends, but there is a line between being controlled and being friends because of a connection. I wish North grew more in the novel, I honestly did. She had potential to be more than an obsessed “friend” who had concern over a friend’s mysterious death….

 

Rating 6

 

Happy Reading!

 

~C.C.

 

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May Book Giveaway Starts TODAY!

May Book Giveaway Starts TODAY!

Charmed Haven Book Reviews Giveaway!

This month, I have the honor of hosting this giveaway! In honor of her new book’s “Supernova” release on June 16th, Author Liz Long has offered her wonderful book, “Gifted” to win by one lucky winner! 

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Description: Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.

Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be – new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.

When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world.

Deadline: May 26th

Winner Will Be Announced on May 27th!

Enter here for your chance to win today!

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Good Luck!

~C.C.

“Keep The Ghost” By: Scott Kelly

“Keep The Ghost” By: Scott Kelly

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I’ve been browsing among the different independent writer sites last week for something new and fresh to read outside of the popular book realm. I didn’t want to read another dystopian genre series or anything looking remotely close to what is popular right now. I craved a story that could send goosebumps across my skin from how things rapidly fell apart, making you wonder if this was fiction or maybe something deeper. I found such a book from author Scott Kelly.

Now, from what it appeared, Scott Kelly has numerous popular stories across the Wattpad app. One story in particular caught my eye immediately. It is a story about an Irish exchange student, Sean Reilly, who is transformed from an ordinary teenage boy into a “Ghost” of sorts.

image It all began with his American “family.” Actually, their daughter Kayla. She painted this picture to Sean. More accurately, she told him she wanted to kill herself. Not in the way we usually think that entails, no, instead she wanted to kill her “ghost” which is a fancy way of faking her death and creating a brand new identity for herself. Kayla had everything planned, people she was going to go with, and a way where no one would question that her death was “accidental.” That is, it was supposed to work.

Very soon, Kayla rides off into the sunset on her jet ski, leaving Sean with instructions on what was to come including him awaiting a text from her to let him know she was alright. Only, the call never comes. The police become involved and Kayla is found dead with her throat slashed and Sean is left as the prime suspect. Eventually, Kayla’s “friends” come out of the wood work and Sean’s world begins to quickly turn upside down.

Thrills, Lies, Fraud, Manipulation, and Death are embedded within the story. At first, I thought this book was going to be about supernatural spirits. Instead, I’m floored with a world riddled with secrecy and action that would have anyone hanging on till the BAD cliff hanger ending. I can’t tell you how empty I felt after finishing this first book and felt nipped because I thought there would be more. Well played, Scott, well played.

This book has graciously earned 9 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms. I knocked it down half a star because there is a pretty uncomfortable scene involving Sean. I’m not easily disturbed but it did in a way I didn’t need to imagine. If you are looking for a gripping novel, I’m serving it to you on a silver platter.
Happy Reading!

~C.C.